Though things are slowly changing with younger generations, most Thais have little to no English skills. Since Thai is a tonal language, this can be a very daunting task, but Thai for Beginners is a great place to start. Without the audio CD it is next to impossible to learn Thai by using this book without a teacher. Buying the CD is necessary, particularly since Thai is a tonal language. The CD will help you to become familiar with the tones of Thai words.
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However, I did not find it helpful. After 4 lessons, I am switching to a different textbook. Other than loads of vocabulary and vocab exercises, the book provides little else. There are no grammar lessons, sentence explanations, or writing and reading practice.
I also agree with the other review that the alphabet lessons are too spread out. I appreciate that this text does not romanize from the start, but what is the point if the alphabet is so spread out? As a self-study tool, this source is incomplete and insufficient. As a self-study aid, I see potential with the vocab practice. However take note that there are many different phonetic systems out there and what you learn in this book might vary from other textbooks which I quickly realised when I signed up for formal classes.
What I do like about this book is all the conversation examples, really helped with giving context on how to use Thai vocab. Jan 28, Maarten Tummers rated it it was amazing Read this in and it is so methodically genius that everyone and his donkey can learn to read and write Thai.
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About this title An easy to use Thai language textbook designed for either self-study or classroom use. Teaches all four language skills speaking, listening when used in conjunction with the cassette tapes , reading and writing. Offers clear, easy, step-by-step instruction, building on what has beenpreviously learned. Used by many Thai temples in America. Recommended books to be studied along with Thai for Beginners are Thai for Travelers a practical Thai phrase book and Speak like a Thai series by the same author. From the Back Cover: A very popular book for learning basic Thai.
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